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Matt Fornataro (born June 26, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward.

Matt Fornataro
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Born (1985-06-26) June 26, 1985 (age 34)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for Syracuse Crunch
Worcester Sharks
Houston Aeros
Norfolk Admirals
Rockford Icehogs
Leksands IF
Graz 99ers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–2016

Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Fornataro made his professional debut with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League at the conclusion of the 2007–08 season.

On February 21, 2012, Fornataro was included in an NHL transaction, when he was dealt from the Norfolk Admirals, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Rockford IceHogs in exchange for Brandon Segal[1]

On June 25, 2013, after his first season abroad in Sweden with VIK Västerås HK of the HockeyAllsvenskan it was announced that Fornataro would be joining Leksands IF for the 2013–14 SHL season.[2] Fornataro struggled to establish himself within the SHL with Leksands and after 29 games he returned to VIK Västerås HK for the remainder of the season.

After splitting the 2014–15 season between Västerås and Mora IK, Fornataro left the second division and signed a one-year contract with Austrian club, Graz 99ers of the EBEL on August 30, 2015.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Waterloo Blackhawks USHL 54 15 20 35 74 7 2 2 4 8
2003–04 Waterloo Blackhawks USHL 60 16 28 44 79 10 3 5 8 12
2004–05 U. of New Hampshire HE 41 8 12 20 42
2005–06 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 5 7 12 18
2006–07 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 13 27 40 34
2007–08 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 18 28 46 44
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 1 1 0 1 0
2008–09 Worcester Sharks AHL 51 10 15 25 30 1 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 21 9 9 18 54
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 33 18 18 36 25
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 45 11 7 18 22
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 70 17 25 42 35 6 0 4 4 0
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 46 5 20 25 22
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 23 3 6 9 8
2012–13 VIK Västerås HK Allsv 48 16 32 48 40 10 4 2 6 22
2013–14 Leksands IF SHL 29 2 4 6 26
2013–14 VIK Västerås HK Allsv 21 4 8 12 24 10 2 2 4 6
2014–15 VIK Västerås HK Allsv 12 1 1 2 18
2014–15 Mora IK Allsv 35 8 14 22 62 5 3 3 6 2
2015–16 Graz 99ers EBEL 43 10 16 26 24
2015–16 Manchester Monarchs ECHL 24 9 9 18 14 5 1 3 4 4
AHL totals 237 47 73 120 117 7 0 5 5 0

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IceHogs acquire Fornataro from Admirals". Rockford IceHogs. February 21, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Matt Fornataro signs for Leksands". Leksands IF. June 25, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "Desired attacker Matt Fornataro is here!" (in German). Graz 99ers. June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.

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